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Before I get stuck into writing this review I must point out that I am reviewing the kenwood JKP105 kettle and did request a link for it, however although this isn't the same model of kettle as mine, Dooyoo have told me to plonk my review here....just so we are clear on that!
For the past year and a half I have always bought white, economy kettles that were shops own brands. I've had a couple of cheap offerings from Asda and one from Tesco and all gave up the will to live and started leaking and the likes. My last one from Tesco simply decided when it wanted to switch itself on and off and used to scare the living daylights out of me on a regular basis when I was busy doing something else and it would simply click on and generally do weird stuff!
When I moved into this new flat I wanted lots of new things and high on my list of priorities was a nice new, shiny kettle. I have a preference for white kitchen appliances as a rule and so set about looking for another white kettle, but this time from a brand I know of and I was willing to pay out a bit more for it hoping it would last me longer this time!
It comes in a grey coloured box and on that we are shown plenty of photographs of the kettle and told that it is Kenwood Kettle, JKP105 and that it is a 3kw rapid boil and that it has a hinged locking lid and a dual water window then on the back of the box there are plenty of photographs showing us plenty of the kettle features such as a concealed element, adjustable cord storage, the mesh filter (which traps lime scale) and that it has a boil dry protection and then theres lots of information on there given in Foreign languages and contact details for Kenwood are given. Inside the box there is a small guide in there about caring for the kettle and safety instructions etc. Nice packaging and you get the base with the plug already on it and of course the kettle itself which is jug style.
The Kettle Itself:
I was really pleased with the quality of the kettle as soon as I opened it. It isn't heavy and is sleek and really well made. Course it is made of smooth plastic and has nice lines and it has a water viewing window to each side of it with the word Kenwood in grey writing adorning each side, a nice spout which isn't too long and a longish push button to the back of it which is frosted white in colour and of course lights up blue when in use.
This kettle holds 1.7L of water and measurements are given on each window from 0.5L to the maximum as I have stated. The kettle fits nicely onto the round base and the white cord with the plug on the end although not amazingly long is long enough and all your left to do is boil the kettle!
This is a really, really quiet kettle and I love it! Flip it on, the button goes to blue and illuminates as do the side windows go the same colour till it automatically clicks off so it looks nice in a dimly lit kitchen of an evening! It seems to be a rapid boil taking only a couple of minutes to boil a full kettle.
Its easy to wipe clean, safe with the hinge locking lid and the small filter comes out with a gentle pull to be washed if need be. You can when not in use wind the cord around the base which is ideal for travel and all in all, as you can probably tell by now that I think this is great and compared to the quality I have had in the past when being tight this looks nicer and is superior all the way and I'm so glad I bought it and would definitely repurchase Kenwood products for my home again and in fact have just ordered an electric tin opener from them!
A really nice quality kettle that comes with a two year guarantee they're that confident and I'm that confident I won't need to use it!
I paid £21.55 for this (inc postage and packaging) from Amazon and they are still available on there to purchase though Google if interested too for other prices!
I am now using my second Kenwood JK770 kettle; the first one sprang a leak just inside the guarantee period but the store took it back without fuss and offered me a refund or a replacement. I took another Kenwood JK770 in its place and it has behaved itself since.
I paid £19.99 for my kettle in Curry's; I know you can get cheaper kettles but I wanted a brand name I could trust. Although my first one needed returning, I knew it wasn't due to shoddy manufacture.
The kettle holds 1.5 litres and the power rating is 2500-3000 watts. It is easier to fill with the lid up because the spout is quite small but it is very easy to pour and doesn't leak, drip or splash.
I like the fact that the kettle sits on the power base in any position because it sits on a central pivot. This is ideal because, while I am right-handed, my husband is left-handed and always used to twist the base on other kettles to suit himself and, as I make most of the tea, I preferred it the other way around! Because the kettle can just be plonked back on the base I can keep the flex quite short which leaves the worktop tidier and is less dangerous when there are young children about.
My Kenwood kettle is white with a clear window showing the water fill levels and allowing you to see whether or not it needs filling. There is a filter just inside the spout which is easy to remove and just needs cleaning under running water every so often. The element is invisible because it is concealed in the base of the kettle so there is no build up of deposits, despite this being a hard-water area. The on/off switch is located at the top of the handle and has a nice positive movement and the lid is very easy to lift up. It has a clever 'locking' mechanism which ensures it cannot be lifted up accidentally.
All in all, despite having to return my first Kenwood, I am more than pleased with the second one.
I bought my Kenwood kettle six months ago and I can honestly say it is the best kettle I ever ever found. This is for the simple fact that it boils water more quickly than any other kettle I have used.
I first looked for this Kenwood kettle when I noted that 'Which' consumer magazine gave it a top rating and put it in a 'best buy' square for top honours. Apparently it was the fastest boiler of all on test. The knowledge that 'Which' rated it highly made me condsider that model a number one choice straight away, coupled with the fact that Kenwood are generally good for appliances. So off I went and after browsing at a few other designs with various features I settled on this model as it appeared to have everything I wanted. It cost me 13.99 from Amazon. I think this price is very reasonable and a wonderful bargain for such an important and basic buy for every kitchen. You should loko around at the prices though as I have seen it on sale for over £20 in some stores.
The kettle itself is not particularly stylish to look at but it is not ugly either. I had a chrome kettle before which looked quite fancy but it was noisy and slow (and a lot more expensive) so I learnt not to judge a book by its cover! The Kenwood is basic looking white plastic, plain with no extra stripes or bling factors, just a simple design that would fit in with the usual kitchen colours and appliances. It is quite a sleek shape, curvy and neat. So the appearance is no nonsense and pleases the eye enough to be perfectly acceptable in all but the most chrome obsessed kitchen!
As for ease of use, the water level window is easy to read, and can be filled to whatever you choose so you can see how much is needed just for one cup, or for four cups etc. so it is good for energy conscious users who don't want to boil extra water needlessly. When you depress the button on top and the kettle is on the light comes on and it starts to boil very quickly. Whe it is ready the button clicks back and the light goes off. To boil enough water from cold for a couple of cups takes less than a minute.
The kettle is eay to fill through the wide angled spout or by opening the top up, all very smooth and easy. Of course it is without a wire so you can take it anywhee to fill up then replace it on its stand in any direction (very handy) as it is '360 degree' roatation you don't need to be precise with placing it on the stand it just needs to go over the lump in the middle that holds it in place. The filter is eay to remove and clean. Although an easy way to remove lime scale I have found from previous experience is just with a good old soak in lemon juice - just as effective as lots of chemical cleaners and more environmentally friendly, as well as more health conscious.
The boiling of the water itself is extremely efficient time-wise and it is relatively quiet too, especially when compared with the metal kettles that look so cool (like my disappointing old one) which can sound like a jet taking off. It has a 1.5 litre capacity which is fine for about 8 mugs worth, so should be capable of boiling more than enough water at a time for most people's needs. The whole kettle itself is lightweight too so it is handier in general once filled with water, and also safer for children or the elderly when pouring the boiled water. Despite its light weight it is a sturdy design that feels strong in your hand.
The cable that comes with the kettle is quite short, about 30cm, so you might want it to be longer if you need to stretch it to a plug socket, and Hey presto! there is extra cable length stored in the base, taking the length up to 80cm, so they seem to have thought of everything!
The one and only negative I have found is that a couple of times when I have opened up the top of the kettle a small amount of water has spilled out onto my hand from the hinge from where the top lifts up. Both times the water was uncomfotably hot so this is slightly dangerous and I would say a design fault. Water seems to collect here for some reason and it has caught me out twice. The way to avoid this would be to fill it only though the spout, to be very careful when opening the top or make sure it has not boiled recently when opening it up. I'm sure this is a very rare complaint, it hasn't happened to anyone else in my family, and it would not put me off the kettle at all as it is such a good buy.
All in all I totally recommend this kettle for its great price, its efficiency, 360 degree base rotation and no nonsense approach to boiling water! Marvellous.
Short name: Kenwood JK770